Kleine-Kracht leads men's golf at Bluegrass Invitational
Sunday, April 13, 2014
By Kirk Downs
Kleine-Kracht leads men's golf at Bluegrass Invitational

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Lipscomb men’s golf team closed its spring regular season with a ninth place finish in the Bluegrass Invitational Sunday with a three-round team total of 899 (295-300-304).

“It was a good weekend for us, but a little disappointing” Lipscomb coach Will Brewer said. “We struggled, especially in the first round, with our putting. And for the most part, we couldn’t get much going in any of the three rounds.”

The Bisons were led by Paul Kleine-Kracht’s 21st place finish. He posted a 73-77 on Saturday before closing with a one-over par 73 in the final round Sunday for a 223 total.

“Paul really played well for us,” Brewer said.

Caston Roberts has been swinging the hot stick for the Bisons as of late and kept that trend on Saturday, carding 74-72. But on Sunday, Roberts fell back with a 79. His 225 total placed Roberts in a tie for 32nd.

Stoney Crouch and Tyler Leroy each posted 228 and finished 45th. Crouch shot rounds of 76-75-77, while Leroy fired 75-76-77.

Sydney Chung opened with a one-over par 73 in round one. He then followed that with a 79 and 77 in the final two rounds. Chung finished 53rd after posting a 229 weekend total.

Lexington native Taylor Combs fired the second-best final round total for the Bisons with a 74. He shot 78 on the opening 18 holes before carding an 82 in the second round.

“Taylor hasn’t played a whole lot this season, but we thought his knowledge of the golf course could really help us this week, and it did,” Brewer said. “We have really been working on his swing technically, and it is starting to pay off. He has really been striking the ball much better in the last few months.

“He didn’t play too well on Saturday, but he did shoot 74 today and finished strong.”

Kentucky, serving as the host, took home the Bluegrass Invite crown after shooting 12-under par, 852.

“There were three really good teams in this field,” Brewer said. And if we had played well, we should have finished fourth or fifth.

“The greens were tricky. All of the guys struggled to make the birdie and par putts like we have been doing all season. We did not score well this weekend.” 

The Bisons return to action on April 20-22 in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship in Braselton, Ga.

“The players are still on a learning curve and I hope they are storing this in their memory banks for the next event,” Brewer said. “We are making progress each week. If we can put something together and have good putting, I think we can finish in the top two-thirds of the conference and use that as a benchmark for the future.”